We are at Long Branch Lakes for Thanksgiving . This will be our first holiday at our new home. Our three sons, one significant other, and three dogs are here with us. All is well.
We are making new family memories this long weekend. Other memories are flooding back and being discussed. I think this is one of the essential and most beneficial components of family gatherings: connecting the present with the past. This gives more structure to sustain the family unit going forward.
As baby boomers, we have a lot to remember. Sharing our memories with younger family members keeps our history alive. Talking about the parts of our lives that precede our children or even our marriage can bore others but our kids are very patient.
I’m going to spend a good part of the day appreciating being alive and together with others. At dinner, I will try to openly acknowledge some of the things that make me particularly thankful for the life we have.
I hope that you are together with family, that you have much to be thankful for, and can remember all the good in your life. I also hope that you have an opportunity to express your thanks to others.